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The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.

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Stop Hard Water Stains From Building Up On Your Glass Railing

Ross Stewart

Hard water can create unsightly build up on all glass in your home, but it seems like nothing is more unfortunate than a glass railing with unsightly hard water stains. Mineral buildup can occur when homeowners use homemade water-based mixtures to clean their glass railings. The harder the water in the home, the more significant the hard water stains. If allowed to build up over time, hard water stains can get white and crusty, which can destroy the elegance of your home's glass railing. The following tips will help you eliminate hard water stains on your glass railing and prevent the stains from building up again in the future.

Eliminate Hard Water Stains

You can eliminate old hard water stains by using a smart combination of common household products. For this project, you'll need a lemon, baking soda, distilled water and a couple rags.

To start, slice open the lemon and rub the flesh of the lemon against the railing on the stained areas. Do this until the railing is wet with lemon juice. Depending on how big your railing is (and how substantial the stains are), you could need more than one lemon.

When this is done, dampen your clean rag with distilled water, then dip the end of the rag into baking soda. Rub the lemon juice-covered railing with the baking soda, then wipe away the baking soda with a clean rag dipped in distilled water. Be careful not to use your home's tap water for this project! The tap water is very likely the cause of the hard water stains. Using that same water to wipe the hard water stains will be counterproductive.

Wipe down the glass railing until it's completely clear. If some hard water stains persist, repeat the process until the glass is completely clear. 

Tip: if the rag leaves fibers on the glass, use a newspaper or a microfiber cloth to wipe the baking soda away.

Clean the Glass Railing With Vinegar and Distilled Water

In the future, clean your glass railing with a mixture of equal parts distilled water and white vinegar. Wipe down the railing with a newspaper or a cloth. For more information about how you can keep your glass railing clean, and what you can do to eliminate hard water stains from your glass railing, contact the the company that sold you the railing. They may have many tips for properly maintaining your glass railing and keeping your railing beautiful in the future.